Article originally published on Mineski.net, written by GStep
Intense matches were had at Brawlfest as competitors went head to head this past weekend. Over 12 different titles were represented, the largest number of games in any Philippine fighting game event ever. This also marked the end of the fighting game calendar of events in the country, this being the last major tournament or this year. From Tekken to Smash, here’s our rundown of Brawlfest 2017.
Indie’s Time To Shine
A first for any fighting game event in the country, Brawlfest played host to the first major of a locally developed game: Garrison Archangel. A one-on-one mech battle simulator, Garrison Archangel takes heavy inspiration from known titles such as the Gundam VS series, Zone of the Enders and Armored Core to an extent. Each player is given a mech which can be customized to player preferences.
The title had been making appearances around different fighting game hotspots and events before finally getting its chance to shine at Brawlfest. The tournament ended with Cosmic Gorgons’ David “SpicyD“ Cayuca taking the championship. We hope we’ll see more of Garrison Archangel in future events.
Fighting game tournaments aren’t complete without a fair share of hype moments, and for Brawlfest one player in particular stepped it up. During the Under Night In-Birth: Exe Latest top 3 matches, Michael Anthony “Light_is_Refuse” Reynoso of Cosmic Gorgons wowed the crowd as he took several pixel life wins over Erick “Ginoong Maskara” Viray. Unfortunately for Michael, the tables turned in the grand finals, and Eric took the championship three games straight after resetting the bracket.
Though he may have lost in the end, Michael’s miraculous comebacks had won him the crowd over.
Is It Wrong To Be Strong?
Brawlfest 2017 stands as a reminder to the entire community of just who are currently at the top of the food chain. Known players established their foothold as being the best in the country in several games though that isn’t to say that new faces showed their best as well.
Anime kings Alden Jacob and Mark Anthony “Noob” Casing continued to dominate the competition in Blazblue and Guilty Gear respectively, taking their championships virtually unopposed.
Along with the two aforementioned champions, UNIST champion Erick Viray also won the Dengeki Fighting Climax tournament, making him the only player to win in two tournaments for Brawlfest 2017.
For Street Fighter V, Playbook Esports’ Don Gim returned to retake his title as the country’s best. Don went undefeated throughout the entire tournament, his Akuma making quick work of most of the opposition. The win gives Don a free ticket to Evo Japan this coming January.
King of Fighters XIV top 3 spots were all occupied by Northmall players, continuing to prove why their scene was still the best when it comes to SNK. The title was taken by Tonton this time around, followed by Peter Jr. Chua.
In Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Imperium Pro Team’s Anton Castilla defended his throne as the best MVC player in the country. Even in a different game, Anton still proves to be a major threat.
In Smash Bros. for Wii U, Justin “Cheese” Labad was finally able to claim his long sought title after besting the two previous champions, Playbook Esports’ Don “NerfDon” Giron and Team Smash Forts’ Kendrick “Psiforce” Cheah. Prior to this Cheese already had numerous top placings in different tournaments. His win at Brawlfest only further cements his reputation as one of the top Smash players in the country.
For Smash Bros. Melee, it was AJ “Yat” Ty who took the title after winning grand finals cleanly three games to zero over junkyarddude. Along with Melee Yat also ended with a third place finish in Guilty Gear, promising results from a rising star.
Injustice 2 saw Playbook’s Matt “Pinoy172” Javier take home the title after an intense match with Matt Gaw. This makes it his third championship win for the NRS fighter this year.
And Then There Were Two
To close out Brawlfest 2017, Tekken 7’s top 8 matches were played on the main stage of the ESGS. As many expected, the grand finals came down to the two top dogs in the current Tekken local scene: Playbook Esports’ Alexandre “AK” Laverez and Andreij “Doujin” Albar. The two have met in the grand finals of PH tournaments so often in the past year that the matchup itself is as much a crowd favorite as each individual player.
AK was the defending champion, having won last year’s brawlfest, and unfortunately for Doujin it looked to stay that way. AK won the match convincingly three games to zero after getting a very impressive combo to come back in game two.
The highlight of the night was perhaps when during the awarding ceremony. ESGS organizer and head honcho himself, Joebert Yu, came up on stage and announced that Doujin would also be getting a boarding pass for his exceptional performance in recent events.
A shocked Doujin could only smile as tears of joy began streaming down his cheeks; a well-deserved reward for his stellar performance in 2017. Japan now has to lookout for two Filipino killers coming to Tokyo this January.
2017 so far has been the biggest year for the Philippine fighting game community. The number of quality major events and local top players getting recognized by the international scene all point toward a positive outlook for the FGC. Here’s to a great year and an even greater 2018.
Brawlfest 2017 Results:
- PBE | AK
- PBE | Doujin
- Legion | Hapon
Street Fighter V
- PBE | DON
- IPT | Mottaka
- PBE | Jamse
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Presented by Sony
- IPT | Anton
- NM | Papable Peter
- NM | Icky
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2
- PBE | Noob
- PBE | Rumble
Blazblue Central Fiction ver.2
- IPT | Alden
- VTN | Chico
- VTN | Blitzer
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
- Ginoong Maskara
- CG | Dix
- PBE | NiteRAId
Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st]
- Ginoong Maskara
- CG | LightisRefuse
- PBE | NiteRAId
King of Fighters XIV
- NM | TONTON
- NM | Peter North
- NM | Lobo Morte
- PBE | Pinoy172
- CG | SpicyD
- PBE | Perfect Godz
- Vol Ventura
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- PBE | NerfDon
- TSF | PsiForce
Super Smash Bros. Melee